Greig Gets Jumpy at Court, Seven Play Premieres
The season also includes new work by Alexi Kaye Campbell, Joe Penhall, David Eldridge, Stella Feehily, debbie tucker green and the debut play from the latest graduate of the Court’s writing programmes, Rachel De-lahay (no doubt hoping to emulate the success of predecessors like Anya Reiss and Polly Stenham).
And, in addition to Greig, stellar casting to date includes Hayley Atwell and Ian McDiarmid, who will appear with Kyle Soller in the season’s launch production this August of Kaye Campbell’s The Faith Machine, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Commenting on the programme, Royal Court artistic director Dominic Cooke described it as “a busy season of seven ambitious plays exploring nations of inheritance, intergenerational conflict and the relationship between public and private worlds”.
In addition to the productions in the Downstairs main house and Upstairs studio in Sloane Square, detailed below, the Royal Court will resurrect its “Theatre Local” scheme, which has previously seen it transfer shows for sell-out stints in a disused shop in Elephant and Castle. As part of Theatre Local, both debbie tucker green’s truth and reconciliation and Rachel De-lahay’s The Westbridge will be restaged at a still-to-be announced London location.
In the Royal Court Downstairs
In the Royal Court Upstairs
truth and reconciliation, 5-24 September 2011 (previews from 1 September) - debbie tucker green directs her own new play, ranging from Rwanda to Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe to Bosnia, where answers are demanded, reconciliation hard to hear and truth reluctant to be told. Since winning the Olivier for Most Promising Newcomer for born bad in 2004, tucker green’s plays have included random, stoning mary, trade and dirty butterfly.
Bang Bang Bang, 14 October-5 November 2011 (previews from 12 October) - As previously reported, Stella Feehily’s play for Out of Joint is a co-production, which launches a national tour from Bolton Octagon on 5 September, before visiting fellow co-producing venues Leicester Curve, the Salisbury Playhouse and the Court. A seasoned humanitarian worker and her idealistic young colleague get ready for a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The cast include Dan Fredenburgh,Frances Ashman, Babou Ceesay, Julie Dray, Jack Farthing, Paul Hickey and Orla Fitzgerald. Out of Joint artistic director Max Stafford-Clark directs, with design by Miriam Nabarro.
The Westbridge, 25 November-23 December 2011 - First-time playwright Rachel De-lahay was discovered via the Court’s Unheard Voices Writers Programme, as part of the group aimed at young Muslim writers. Her debut play, directed by Clint Dyer, is set in south London where the accusation of a black teenager sparks a community disturbance, which a young couple from different backgrounds must navigate.